£11 million medical mistake compensation claims paid out in at the Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust.
The trust runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, North Manchester Hospital and Fairfield General.
During 2008/9 the NHS Litigation Authority paid out £10.9 million this is a 10% increase on the previous year of £9.97 million
NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) paid out over £870 million last year compared to £661 million in 2007/8.
Amounts include both payments to claimants for damages mainly to patients and members of the public, but also included or legal costs incurred on both sides where these are paid by the NHS.
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Ruth Jameson said: “As the largest NHS trust in the North-West and one of the largest in England we run five hospitals, employ around 10,000 staff and serve a population of 800,000 people.
We spend over half a billion pounds a year on providing quality healthcare services and have the most accident and emergency attendances nationally and in 2007/08 we delivered the most births nationally across our hospitals. Larger trusts who serve a larger population are clearly more likely to receive compensation claims than smaller trusts or that provided low-risk care.
Our priority is to provide the very best care for each patient on every occasion”.
Is the increase in compensation claims due to people’s awareness of the right to make a compensation claim or that the hospital staff are over stretched due to budget constraints and staffing levels.
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